The last month of winter is finally here and most gardeners are optimistically looking forward to the arrival of spring and the warmer weather ahead. We have had a mostly mild winter across the country, however it is important if you're in a cool climate area to keep your plants protected, as we can still experience heavy frosts well into August.
If you haven't already started planning your spring veggie and flower beds, then now is the opportune time to think about what you want to be harvesting from the garden over the coming months. This year, why not try something new and exciting that you have never grown before? As well as those old reliable crops that you've come to know and love.
You can get a head start on your spring and summer veggies by sowing frost sensitive seeds, such as eggplants, chillies, capsicum and tomato in a mini-greenhouse, using a heat mat, or by using a heated propagation kit. Just set them up in a sunny, warm location indoors and this will give your seeds the ideal environment to germinate and you should have established seedlings ready to transplant into the garden in a few months time as the warmer weather arrives. Read more about starting seeds early here.
Our stock levels are still recovering after the seed buying frenzy we experienced at the start of lock-down but we have restocked most of the common spring and summer veggies already. Tomato, zucchini, cucumber and pumpkin varieties that are still out of stock are likely to remain that way for a number of months, so it's best to choose from what is available now. We will have some more new seed varieties added to our range in the coming weeks, including a range of new chillies, so keep an eye on our new arrivals!